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Sophie Toscan du Plantier (Family handout/PA)

Sophie Toscan du Plantier (Family handout/PA)

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Sophie Toscan du Plantier (Family handout/PA)

The makers of two rival documentaries about the death of Sophie Toscan du Plantier had a 'face-off' at a west Cork market last weekend in full view of their chief subject - the former journalist Ian Bailey.

The Sunday Independent understands there were tense words between the documentary-makers who descended upon Schull market last Sunday, where Ian Bailey operates a weekly stall with his partner Jules Thomas.

Acclaimed director Jim Sheridan has been working for six years on a series on the murder of the Frenchwoman, entitled In Abstentia.